Using Antioxidants During Periodontal Disease Treatments
WILLIAMSPORT, COLLEGEVILLE AND PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – Dr. David DiGiallorenzo uses antioxidant therapy as part of the whole-body approach he takes when treating patients for periodontal disease, dental implants and teeth in a day at his Williamsport and Collegeville periodontics practice.
“Periodontal disease affects the whole body, so the whole body needs to be treated for long-term health,” he says. “Antioxidants help the immune system heal and rid the body of bacteria and metals present in the oral cavity.”
Getting rid of those toxins is important because they can leach into the circulatory system and create neurotoxicity. To help prevent this dangerous process, Dr. DiGiallorenzo offers his patients intravenous vitamin C and glutathione before, during and after many of the procedures, such as Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, or LANAP, extractions, metal free dental implants and reconstruction therapy.
This oral-body connection is the same reason that he recommends detoxification and biostimulation therapy as part of the gum disease treatment regimen.
Fighting oral infections requires a healthy immune system. The gut is a major source of immune response so balancing the healthy gut bacteria is crucial for a strong immune response.
“That’s why using nutritional therapy as a supplement to patients’ natural defenses is so important,” says Dr. DiGiallorenzo, a tooth replacement expert and teeth in a day provider. “We use antibiotics to control the micro-organisms that contribute to periodontitis, and antioxidants to address the oxidative stress that accompanies the disease.”
Oral infections generate inflammation and oxidative stress, but other factors aggravate the condition, including poor diet, alcohol, nicotine, medications, diabetes, stress and other dental procedures and substances, such as base metals, dental cements and mercury fillings. According to Dr. DiGiallorenzo, a metal free dental implant and gum disease specialist and nationally recognized educator, periodontal patients who have multiple risk factors need antioxidant therapy even more, particularly zirconium ,metal free dental implant patients who have diabetes, are taking prescription medications for heart disease or have disorders such as chronic fatigue syndrome and lupus.
Periodontitis symptoms include tooth sensitivity, red, swollen, bleeding or receding gums, moving, shifting or loose teeth, pus between gums and teeth, tooth loss and chronic bad breath. It is serious problem that should be treated immediately. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, and research shows that inflammation in the oral tissues can be a factor in chronic illness such as heart and vascular disease, diabetes, arthritis, pregnancy complications and a growing list of other conditions.
“The good news for patients is that technological advances have even made it possible to effectively treat gum disease in one visit with the utmost comfort, no suturing, no cutting and no pain,” says Dr. DiGiallorenzo.
About Dr. David Digiallorenzo
Dr. David Digiallorenzo, or “Dr. D,” is a Pennsylvania Dental Implants provider. He graduated from Temple University School of Dentistry in 1993 and completed a multi-disciplinary specialty training including periodontics, orthodontics, prosthodontics and implantology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995. He has been practicing since 1983 and is a 3rd generation dental practitioner.
He is a past associate clinical professor at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Periodontics. He teaches nationally and internationally and is a key opinion leader and consultant for Keystone Dental, Dentsply, Synthase, Orapharma, Z-systems Metal Free Implantology, and is a regular contributor to dental literature. He lectures at national symposia regularly.
Dr. D’s private practice in suburban Philadelphia and Williamsport, Pennsylvania concentrates on laser, aesthetic and reconstructive periodontics; dental implantology; advanced reconstructive case management; and TMJ treatment. As well, he educates dentists on advanced topics in dentistry.
He practices biologic metal free implant dentistry and has a wellness center offering massage, nutrition, reflexology, cranial-sacral therapy, acupuncture, organic dermal fillers, heavy metal detoxification, and chronic facial pain management using laser biostimulation techniques. All of these modalities are integrated into his dental practice. Dr. D treats patients from all 50 states.
Dr. D has two office locations: 184 W. Main St., Ste. 200, in Collegeville, PA; and 121 E. Fourth St. in Williamsport, PA.
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